A Sparta New Jersey woman was recently sentenced to 30 days in county jail and 5 years of probation after pleading guilty to child endangerment.
The 22-year-old suspect pleaded guilty in March to fourth degree child cruelty and neglect charges. Appearing in Sussex County Superior Court, the suspect admitted to inhaling dust cleaner in an attempt to get high. The charges stemmed from the fact that she did this in front of her 20-month-old daughter.
The incident occurred in December 2014. According to authorities, Byram NJ police received a call about possible child neglect at a residence on Birch Parkway. When police officers got to the scene, the suspect was allegedly intoxicated.
Police investigated further and determined that the suspect had neglected her young daughter. The suspect reportedly admitted to police that she was inhaling chemicals when she was supposed to be looking after her daughter.
Thankfully, the baby was unharmed during the incident. Police took custody of the child and then turned her over to the suspect’s relatives, who had called in the complaint in the first place. Officials said that the relatives live in the same home where the incident took place.
After being arrested, the suspect’s custody of the child was restricted by the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. While awaiting resolution of the criminal charges against her, the suspect was allowed to spend time with her daughter only when adequate supervision was present. The same restrictions applied to the suspect’s visits with her 3-year-old son.
The suspect eventually pleaded guilty to fourth degree child cruelty and neglect charges. She was then sentenced to serve 30 days in the local county jail, as well as 5 years of probation. Additionally, the suspect was required to pay $155 in fines and penalties.
The suspect’s plea agreement also required her to undergo a drug evaluation and then follow a drug treatment plan.
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Mom Who Huffed Dust Cleaner in Front of Toddler Gets Probation.”